Electricity and gas plans in South Australia

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Quick facts about SA energy plans

  • South Australia deregulated its electricity and gas retail prices in 2013 so energy providers need to offer good deals if they want to keep their customers.
  • If you're not happy with how much your paying, you're free to compare electricity rates in SA from other providers and move elsewhere.

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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Billing Green rating Details More details
AGL
AGL
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Click Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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Solar

Billing

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Powershop
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Power Direct
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
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Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Dodo
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Energy Locals
NSW
QLD
SA
ACT
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Energy Australia
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
SA
ACT
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Green Electricity Guide rating

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Solar

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Momentum Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
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GreenPower
Solar

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Alinta
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Commander Electricity
NSW
VIC
SA
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Solar

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Diamond Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
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GreenPower
Solar

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Lumo Energy
VIC
SA
VIC
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What are the 20 cheapest electricity plans in SA?

Although the cheapest plans may vary based on the type of tariff, your location, your household and your usage, you can get a general idea of who is the cheapest using this table.

The following price estimates are a general guide only. Prices are based on a residential customer in Adelaide, South Australia who consumes 4,000 kWh a year on a single rate tariff in the SA Power Networks network. Prices last checked on December 2019 and are subject to change. Always check the providers site before applying.

BrandPlan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Origin EnergyOrigin Value20% lessN/A$388.03$1,552.12
Kogan EnergyKogan Energy Market Offer17% lessN/A$402.45$1,609.80
Diamond EnergyEveryday Renewable Saver7% less (without conditional discounts)Further 7% off the reference price if you always pay on time and 3% off the reference price when you pay by Direct Debit.$407.65$1,630.60
PowerclubPowerbank Home Flat 15%N/A$410.28$1,641.12
AGLResidential Essentials Saver - No Exit Fee13% lessN/A$421.74$1,686.96
PowerdirectPowerdirect Residential Discount Saver - No Exit Fee13% lessN/A$421.85$1,687.40
Elysian EnergyElysian Market Residential Simple Plan (SAPN)9% (without conditional discounts)Further 5% discount off usage applies when the account is paid by the due date.

$427.17$1,708.68
Momentum EnergySmile Power Flexi_RSR11%N/A$429.59$1,718.36
PowershopPowershopLITE9% lessN/A$443.56$1,774.24
Mojo PowerSE Legacy Standing offer8% lessN/A$444.06$1,776.24
Commander Power & GasResidential Market8% lessN/A$445.39$1,781.56
Dodo Power & GasResidential Market8% lessN/A$445.39$1,781.56
Lumo EnergyLumo Basic8% lessN/A$445.99$1,783.96
Simply EnergySA Simply Low Rates7% lessN/A$449.75$1,799.00
Red EnergyLiving Energy Saver7% lessN/A$453.19$1,812.76
EnergyAustraliaNo Frills6% lessN/A$455.07$1,820.28
Energy LocalsLocal Saver - Anytime5%N/A$462.13$1,848.52
Click EnergyClick Banksia Plus3% lessN/A$470.27$1,881.08
amaysimamaysim Electricity as you go2% lessN/A$474.73$1,898.92
QEnergyHome Your Way SR RSREqual to reference priceN/A$483.08$1,932.32

Is electricity expensive in SA?

...on average, a household could be charged around $1,560 annually.

When it comes to the average rate you are charged for using electricity, SA is one of the more expensive states, with the average rate being $0.39 per kilowatt hour (kWh).

What does this mean?

Standard household usage in SA is around 4,000 kWh over a year. This means a household could be charged is around $1,560 annually [$0.39 x 4000] on average.

Note: This example is a general guide and doesn't include fixed daily supply charges and other fees. Household usage has been taken from AER's Default Market Offer Prices Report and is based on the SA Power Network.

How do I get the best electricity deal in SA? 3 steps to follow

1. Understand these terms before you compare

To ensure you have access to the best electricity deals, here are the key terms you should understand and look out for:

2. Review your personal needs

The more competitive the energy market in South Australia is, the more choices you have as a consumer. Lots of providers offer discounts, tailored plans and special offers depending on when and how you use your electricity and gas, so taking your personal needs into account is essential to getting the best deal. Before buying, ask yourself:

  • What time of the day do you use the most electricity and gas?
  • Are you happy to pay by credit card if it means you can receive a discount? Or do you want flexibility?
  • Do you prefer a flat fee structure with fixed payments? If you are generally always home, this might be the way to go.
  • Would you rather pay for what you use? If you travel a lot and aren't always home, it makes more sense to pay for what you use.

Knowing the answer to these questions should make it much easier to find the cheapest electricity plans in SA.

3. Compare plan features

If you're ready to compare plan features, here's what to look for:

FeatureDetails
Tariff optionsYou can usually choose between a single rate tariff or one that charges you a time of use tariff.
DiscountsYou can get discounts for paying on time, signing long-term contracts and for bundling gas and electricity plans together. Many energy plans offer discounts; the key is to find one that extends discounts to customers beyond the first stages of your contract.
Cancellation feesWatch out for policies with termination fees. This can range from around $40 to $100 and will be specified in your contract. No-lock-in contracts are a viable alternative if you don't want cancellation fees.
PaymentIf you're not sure you will be able to pay bills on time with one form of payment, go for a flexible plan. If you want to save, you can often get a discount for paying with a credit card.
Digital energy toolsYou can measure your energy consumption with a range of apps and online tools. Knowing exactly what and where your energy use comes from could help you find a better deal in the future.

How to compare electricity

Which energy brands operate in SA

South Australia residents can choose from the following energy retailers:

Provider⚑ Electricity♨️ Gasβ˜€οΈ Solar
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Amber Electricβœ…βŒβœ…
Click Energyβœ…βŒβœ…
Commanderβœ…βŒβŒ
Diamond Energyβœ…βŒβœ…
Discover Energyβœ…βŒβœ…
Dodoβœ…βŒβœ…
Energy Localsβœ…βŒβœ…
EnergyAustraliaβœ…βœ…βœ…
Lumo Energyβœ…βœ…βœ…
Momentum Energyβœ…βŒβœ…
Origin Energyβœ…βœ…βœ…
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Red Energyβœ…βœ…βœ…
Simply Energyβœ…βœ…βœ…

How does the SA energy market work?

Although South Australia only has one electricity distributor, SA Power Networks, and one gas distributor, Australian Gas Networks (SA), there are plenty of energy providers in competition with one another. This means there are plenty of opportunities to get a good deal.

ElectricityGas
DistributorsSA Power NetworksAustralian Gas Networks (SA)

South Australia introduced deregulation in 2013, which means that electricity providers are free to set their own prices once a year on July 1. It's hoped that price deregulation can increase competition and put downward pressure on electricity prices.

Most of South Australia's energy is generated through natural gases (around 60%). However, if you have an eligible solar PV system, you can get access to retailer feed-in tariffs, an initiative that lets you sell unused solar power back to the grid.

Energy rebates and concessions in SA

There are several rebates and concessions available to Australians living in South Australia, including the following:

  • Energy Bill Concession
  • Medical Heating and Cooling Concession
  • Cost of Living Concession
  • Residential Park Resident Concession
  • Home Dialysis Electricity Concession

Check if you're eligible for any rebates or concessions in South Australia and learn how to apply

Tariff types in SA

Across South Australia, there are two main types of electricity tariffs. These are:

  • Single rate tariffs. This is when you are charged the same price for electricity regardless of when you use it.
  • Time of use tariffs. This is when you are charged different rates for your electricity depending on what time of the day you use it β€” there are peak and off-peak times.

In South Australia, most households are on single rate tariffs, so the prices you pay for electricity will not depend on the time of day you use it. South Australia also only has one tariff for all residential households β€” called 'Tariff 110' β€” but it's used by retailers in different ways. The tariff price you pay is based on 'block rates', which means you're charged by how much you use electricity, not when you use it.

How can I switch providers in SA?

Switching energy providers in South Australia is simple. All you need to do is choose a new retailer and sign up.

How to switch energy providers


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